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David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot

David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot

David Letterman admitted on Thursday that he had sexual relations with female members of his staff and was the victim of a $2 million extortion attempt because of it.

Here’s what the 62-year-old star said on Thursday’s Late Show:

On giving a testimony: “This morning, I did something I’ve never done in my life. I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury.”

On admitting to engaging in sexual relationships with staff members: “My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would.”

On why he testified: “I feel like I need to protect these people – I need to certainly protect my family.”

With the help of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Special Prosecution Bureau, Letterman participated in a sting operation that included David handing a counterfeit $2 million check to the extortionist, who was arrested on Thursday.

Letterman married longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko in March (they’ve been dating since 1986). They have a son, Harry, who turns 6 next month.

UPDATE: Robert Halderman, a producer for CBS, has been arrested for extorting Letterman. Radar reports he lived with the woman who Letterman was involved with. The affair happened before his son was born but Letterman was living with his wife-to-be at the time.

David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot
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  • LALA

    and wow.. david letterman. did not expect that.

  • fresh

    wow. I bet he has a lot of skeletons in the closet. I would have never guessed.

  • cK_always

    Agreed, unexpected. Having a kid at 56 is gross too.

  • .

    never would have guessed. god does every man cheat in hollywood?

  • um

    Not good…… on all levels.

  • Kate


  • jayce

    Someone needs to tell this man that Mad Men is about workplace in of the early 60′s, the past. It’s not about today. Er well maybe it is….

  • love derails

    oooooh. dramz.. yes, brings up the question, is it possible for ANY man to not cheat? Has it ever happened? I wonder. I wonder if there is a man alive who has not or does not cheat. I wonder.

  • ashley

    You guys may consider Jay Leno boring but he’s been married to his wife for like 30 years and SEEMS to have a solid, faithful marriage. I am susprised about Letterman… would not have expected that!

  • emma

    I’m watching the show right now on the East Coast

  • En(e)ma Wattsun

    I always regarded Letterman as a talentless bore and now he seems to be a sleazy klutz. How wonderful it would be if NBC (or is it CBS?) would dump him. He serves no useful purpose.

  • ?

    Didn’t he just get married for the first time? I mean when did these “relationships” take place? He’s only been married for a year

  • Halli

    Not a big deal:
    a) Letterman’s a comedian, not a poltician. He can laugh this off.

    b) An obsessed stalker once broke into his home when he wasn’t there and killed herself. And another man tried to kidnap his son Harry in hopes of taking him for ransome. Remember Letterman makes about $30 million a year!

    c) He is known for having many lady-friends. He probably has an open marriage so his wife probably doesn’t care,

    d) David is the victim in this. No one deserves their private lives being looked into by anyone and than

  • Halli

    d) David is the victim in this. No one deserves their private lives being looked into by anyone and than be blackmailed for it.

  • DallasDude

    So he had an affair. It was a relationship between consenting adults. I don’t see why anyone would really care all that much about his private life. To me he is an entertainer, and I judge him on his ability to entertain me. Americans are so backwards when it comes to sexual relations.

  • Jill

    Didn’t anybody tell this creep you don’t sh*t where you eat?

  • QQQQ

    Dave, always talking sh*t about others, mean while he is cheating on his baby-mama; fcuking the help. What an assh*le!

  • cK_always


    You’re right ..David can laugh this off — His family and most Americans can’t and won’t.

  • Surprised

    Wow. Letterman is such a prick to so many of his guests. And to think he had all these skeletons in his closet. I never could stand him. Bye, bye Davie Boy.

  • anon

    It’s a disgrace. I’m ashamed at him. Never cared for his talk show though. He talks too much!

  • pafan

    Dear Dallas. I would never condone blackmail, but for heaven’s sake who knows if it was really ‘consenting’ adults, especially in today’s economy. It could be more like sexual harassment of employees. Screw the boss or get fired. Sorry to be so backward when it comes to that.

  • l.boot

    It is hard for celebrities to stay true to one when they have all sorts of ladies or for woman celebs. gentlemen flaunting over them. They are only human and give in to temptations. At least he admitted it and hid nothing from his fans and I respect that.

  • DallasDude

    He’s an entertainer people, not God! So he had an affair. Why should anyone care other than those closest to him? Americans need to start moving towards a more progressive way of life, or we will be overshadowed by the new world order.

  • athena

    Well, he’d done it prior to being married…although this means that he cheated on his girlfriend at the time….well…I’m over it already….

  • DallasDude

    If it was not consenting, or a forced situation, that is a different story. But none of that has been disclosed. The fact is this affaire took place many years ago, and he’s not being blackmailed by the women, nor has she left his employment. All signs say it was between consenting adults, it ended and people moved on with their lives.

  • tidbit

    I’m glad he didn’t succumb to the blackmail. There are very few men (and women) in Hollywood/celebs, sports etc. that haven’t cheated on their spouse or companion. If you think that is a false statement, you are very naive. The saddest part of cheating is when the spouse actually thinks his/her companion is being faithful. However, most of the sports wives and hollywood wives know if they want to maintain their lifestyle then cheating is part of it.
    So I wouldn’t feel to sorry for anyone in this mess. David Letterman has a good reputation as a boss. What would be surprising is if he coerced the women into sex.

  • joanne

    With several of his staff members?!? WTF Dave Letterman.

  • Rhonda

    Karma is a BEAUTIFUL thing!

  • DallasDude

    The difference b/w Letterman and Palin is simple: he was not running for public office on a platform that enforced “moral standards” as set by some Middle-Age thinking. I don’t want my leaders preaching to me my moral code. As for entertainers, I could care less what they did in their private life as long as it’s not criminal.

  • DAve had sex

    Film @ 11.

    2 adults, not like he screwed a 13 year old.

    We don’t know if he “cheated” on his girlfriend. We don’t know what their relationship was before Harry was born. Most people wouldn’t even been able to name Harry’s mom before or know that Dave had a long time girlfriend.

    Whatever the relationship was; ended years ago.

    The only further discussion of the subject should be between the DA charging the guy for blackmail, between Dave and his wife, and maybe his current staff. Other than that…………his show doesn’t need to be canceled, Dave fired, or anything like that.

  • sheryl

    Good on David for exposing the asshole that tried to extort money from him. That’s worse than anything David did. And people, it’s not just celebrities that get themselves into extra-relationship..uh …relationships…it happens to the regular guys and gals, too. And most times, the significant other is the very last to know, so I wouldn’t go feeling too smug about myself. Tomorrow is another day, another opportunity for anything to happen.

  • love derails

    i kinda always thought david was cute in a weird way. and he is funny as heck. he was involved with his wife for years – living together – before he married her. these things happen. i commend him for talking about it on his show. i still watch only your late night show david. ur funny but yes, you have been a bad boy ..tsk tsk tsk!

  • fockers

    … While he was doing that he called Angie a homewrecker.LMAO what dirty old man. Oprha a cheater he a cheater…but they call people names…..Bhahahahahahahhahah

  • brucer2

    Let they who are without any sin cast the first stone. Dave was being attacked by an extortionist and did the only thing he could- turn him in. What was Robert thinking- that he was going to get away clean with $2Million.. seriously?! An Indian Chief once told my unruly little brother- and it stuck with me as words of wisdom do- “If you’re gonna be dum, you better be tough.” It was direct and succinct, commanding due respect. I say bravo Dave! Robert woke a sleeping dog and it bit him- tragic, but he was greedy and blackmailing; the joke is on him… Of course, it’ll be less difficult to convince Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien or Bill Maher of this than the ex employee girlfriend. As the saying goes everywhere, all’s fair in Love & War… tuff bananas!

  • haha

    karma eating Polanski and now Letterman(comeuppance for how he treated Palin)….beware perverted Hollywood condoning all this

  • Lowest denominator

    I only watch Letterman for particular guests, not him, but —

    If we’re gonna start banning/boycotting/firing celebrities who lie/cheat then Hollywood is going to become a GHOST TOWN.

    Only adults are involved (no kids ruined, no vows betrayed), no other lawsuits so far, so like stated before — unless it gets more lurid, then duly noted, moving on…

    This is Mrs. Letterman’s worry, not mine. The wife, not his mom.

  • yo mama

    This buffoon had several affairs, not just one. While living with his girlfriend I might add. What an a$$. Guess Palin is having a good laugh. I know I would.

  • LuckyL

    Just wow

  • Chuckie babby

    I hope people now make jokes about him and his faimily as he has done to others. Freakin hypocrite; he’s got skeletons too. I guess everybody else is messed up, but him….no of course not. Love to see him squirm. Everybody just clapped for his affair though. Makes me wonder about folks.

  • meh

    gross. i always knew david letterman was a sleazy a-hole. but wow that is some serious drama… sounds like something right out of a soap opera.

  • SubSub

    @Jill: I believe it’s: “You don’t s.h.i.t. on your own doorstep.

  • Chuckie babby

    Yes, DallasDude….nobody said it was rape. But he was invloved with the now mother of his child and wife at the time of the affair. Not a wonderful thing that he did.

  • Casey

    This made me lose all respect for him and see him in a completely different light.

  • Jan

    Dave has made so much fun of A-Rod’s divorce and relationships and the Palin’s CHILD. Now David has to admit he is a dirty old man. RETIRE DAVE and quit sleeping with the help. Joy, don’t let Regis play with David anymore!!!!

  • Deborah

    so this is why he married. guilt. jerk.

  • groundcontrol

    It’s just sex. He didn’t rob a bank or cut someone’s arm off.
    Sex makes the world go round. It’s as natural as breathing. I’m laughing at the tsk tskers. I never understand why anyone things they have right to discuss someone else’s sex life. Why do they even care?

  • Nyall

    Monogamy is not natural. When will the rest of the planet accept this and allow polygamous bestial intermarriage/breeding between men, women and animals? . It seems here in Wales, we are very culturally progressive. Catch up world.

  • good 4 letterman

    glad they arrested the blackmailer. that guy must’ve been desperate to blackmail letterman on something that happened years ago (before the birth of his son). he didn’t have to admit to the affairs but at least he’s man enough to do so. kudos for that.

  • anon

    I think that nearly every man in Hollywood cheats. It’s as normal and natural as breathing to them.

    The least he could have done though was to pay the $2mill to spare his wife this public humiliation. I hope she goes out on HUGE shopping spree. Or, even better, hire a cute pool boy. She deserves to fool around a bit.

  • http://justjared jello

    David has been single for years Yes, he was living with his girlfriend at the time but who knows the true story on that, maybe they weren’t getting along or she wasn’t even there in the house the entire time. Dave is a guy and guys see things differently than women. I still like him and think he is funny. The guy who tried to extort him is the jerk & now he’s the one sitting behind bars & will have his career destroyed & all for being greedy and stupid!!